A controversial decision by the GAA, which places a limit on the number of live games shown on television, will see less than half of the Ulster Senior Championship ties broadcast live this summer.
Croke Park are understood to have put the new measures in place in order to do something about the falling numbers of those attending games,with many fans instead opting to watch the games on television. The current economic climate and the high ticket prices have resulted in increased tv audiences for all matches.
The BBC, who showed every Ulster Senior Championship game live in 2010,will now only be allowed show five games live according to http://gaeliclife.com. The other three will be shown as ‘deferred’ coverage after the game has been completed.
The three games to lose out are Derry against Fermanagh at Celtic Park on May 22, Tyrone and Monaghan at Healy Park on June 5, and the quarter-final tie between Cavan and either Donegal or Antrim on June 12.